In 1987 it became known that bumblebees could be an excellent alternative for the fruitset of tomatoes. This was a very labour-intensive job. At that very moment Koppert started producing bumblebees: Bombus terrestris for Europe and Asia, B. impatiens for North and South America. Meanwhile bumblebees are used world-wide for the pollination of tomato crops. Resulting in enormous savings in labour costs, improvements of fruit quality and sometimes even increased production. The above mentioned developments have made NATUPOL © synonym to the standard for natural pollination. The revolutionary development of WIRELESS BEEHOME improves the performance of NATUPOL in crops under artificial light.
In recent years the use of bumblebees has expanded to a range of other crops. The powerful product TRIPOL gives excellent pollination of many fruit crops, both indoors and outdoors. Also in the domain of seed selection and seed production, bumblebees have proven to be useful.
The benefits of natural pollination for the user are manyfold:
- saving labour costs
- improved fruit quality
- increased productivity
- pollination les dependent on weather conditions or native pollinators
- reduced pollen quantity in glasshouse gives better working environment
Flies are increasingly being used for the pollination of seed-producing crops. To supplement its pollination programme, Koppert has been marketing the Lucilia caesar fly under the product name NATUFLY from early 2010. NATUFLY can be used effectively in combination with bumblebees and honeybees.
NATUPOL and TRIPOL can be applied in many crops. Below you will find the most important vegetable, fruit and seed crops. Clicking a crop, you will find information that is relevant for the pollination of that crop.
NATUFLY is used in the cultivation of seed-producing crops. The product is simple to use and ideally suited to smaller areas. For additional information, click on the brand name of the product. Here too you can find extra information on using NATUFLY.